Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has described LA Galaxy's Decision Day position as 'beautiful' as they prepare to host Minnesota United.
The Galaxy are seventh in the Western Conference on 47 points, with a win over the Loons enough to secure passage into the MLS Cup Playoffs. But failure to pick up three points would leave the door open to Real Salt Lake and LAFC below them, with both teams able to leapfrog Greg Vanney's men in the table with victories of their own.
Extra spice is added to Sunday's clash thanks to Minnesota United not yet securing their post-season spot - Adrian Heath's men are fifth on 48 points and need a draw to make absolutely sure of Playoff qualification.
“We’re in a beautiful position. We can qualify for the playoffs. One more game, at home," Chicharito said in a pre-match press conference (via LA Times).
“It’s a game of football — 11 against 11. We’re not going to play against extraterrestrials. And we’re not going to have to be superheroes to win. It’s going to be a beautiful game between two teams who are looking to qualify for the playoffs.“
Galaxy head coach Vanney, meanwhile, is just thankful his side controls their own destiny with this critical clash being played out in front of their own fans.
“We’re at home, in front of our fans, in our stadium,” he said. “With us controlling our destiny here, we’re good.”
Though they lost 3-0 to the Loons earlier this season, the Galaxy have enjoyed a great head-to-head record against Minnesota United to date. September's defeat at Allianz Field is their only one in nine previous meetings against Heath's side, with the Galaxy winning six and drawing the other two.
The Galaxy have won two and drawn one of their three MLS home games against Minnesota by an 8-4 aggregate scoreline.